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  • Audi 'Urban Future' exhibit at Design Miami 2011

    Regular readers might remember the solar-powered roadway proposed by a company called -- not so originally -- Solar Roadways. The gist was that LEDs embedded in the surface would allow for quick and easy updates to dividing lines, signage, and more. At the recent Design Miami showcase, Audi showed off a similar project as part of its "Urban Future" exhibition, and it came with the requisite Audi flair. As you can see from the video below, the digital roadway envisioned by Audi and architects at Copenhagen's BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group is much groovier than the Solar Roadways version. It offers...

  • BMW "The Ultimate Drive" app
    BMW: The Ultimate Driving... App "Social, Mobile Experience"

    Some carmakers would have you believe that it's no longer enough to simply drive around in their product, that driving is now a connected experience and one to share with a wider audience than just your passengers. To this end, BMW's new mobile app, "The Ultimate Drive" lets you discover the best...

  • 2011 Suzuki Swift live photos
    Paris Envy: Suzuki Swift

      This little Swift has been earning a lot of praise over the years. The fellas at Top Gear gave it a lot of praise by playing ice hockey with it. It was known for being small, but feeling as solid as something twice its size. Plus, it was supposed to be great fun on a twisty road. Now, a new...

  • Alfa Romeo world record gathering
    The Alfa Romeo GT: A story of ill-fated love

    Forgiveness. We forgive loved ones, friends, even occasionally, enemies. It’s an essential feature of the human experience. But would you forgive a car maker, and how often? At first sight, you are smitten. You are drawn to the sensual curves and glorious, siren-like songs of their devilish...

  • 2006 Hyundai Tiburon GS
    Big Fun, Little Cash: The Classic College Cars

    Choosing a car is a very tough decision. Buying a new car is almost like entering a new relationship, after all--it could go sour in a matter of weeks, or instantly it can get under your skin and excite you every time you turn the key. It's even more true of a college car, since it's about all you...

  • Buick Roadmaster
    Top Five Affordable Wagons

    Don't give me that "wagons aren't cool" mumbo-jumbo. I already know they aren't, and that is why they sort of are. Let me explain. These days there has been a sort of trend of things becoming cool because it's ironic. Sometimes, it's just something that is so impractical and stupid it's hilarious...

  • David Brown’s Aston Martin DB2/4 MkIII

    Those of you up on your Aston Martin history know David Brown as the former owner of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. Brown, whose initials grace the highly desirable DB series of Aston sports cars, is credited with bringing the oft-struggling company into the modern age. That said, it’s easy to imagine any car proven to have been owned and driven by the legendary industrialist would be an extremely valuable commodity. Earlier this year, a 1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk III Drophead, a personal driver of Mr. Brown, emerged as a “barn find”. After spending the last 30 years under a...

  • 1999 Toyota Camry
    College Car Guide's Car Buying 'Cliffs Notes': The Test Drive

    You've come this far. Here you are sitting at the end of a stranger's driveway in their car. Palms sweating, you indicate a right turn. You are just about to begin the first drive of what could be your next car. Before you drive one block, turn around, say everything's fine and shell out $4,000 for...

  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK-CLass
    Fun In The Sun - 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK (ADTKTC Series)

    On paper, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK and the 2011 BMW Z4 have a lot in common. Like its Bavarian rival, the Merc also comes in three different variations, which vary in output from 228 to 355 horsepower, posts 0-60 times from 4.9 to 6.1 seconds, and can be ordered as either a 6-speed manual or a...

  • 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder
    Fun In The Sun - 2011 Porsche Boxster (ADTKTC Series)

    While Porsche is celebrating its 60th year in the U.S., the Boxster has been winning the hearts of Americans for only the last fourteen. This teenaged love affair between drivers and the Boxster, the only mid-engined sports car in our “Fun in the Sun” group, has always left us wanting more from...

  • 2011 Audi TTS Coupe - New Face Lift
    Fun In The Sun - 2011 Audi TT/S Roadster (ADTKTC Series)

    The Audi TT/S Roadster, a soft-top convertible that comes as either a manual or an automatic top that opens and closes in a lightning-quick 12 seconds, boasts a lot of big changes for 2010. One of the biggest changes for the U.S. model is that both versions of the two-seater are now only available...

  • 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0
    Motor Trend Starts Fight Between The BMW M3, Ford Mustang GT

    It may seem odd to compare the BMW M3 and Ford Mustang GT, but their traits are too similar to ignore. Both have V-8s producing over 400 horsepower and are available as rear wheel drive coupes. So Motor Trend has taken both of these cars to see how they perform against each other. Motor Trend did a...

  • 2008 brabus smart fortwo 007

    In one of my Big Fun, Little Cash posts I mentioned how the Taurus SHO has a serious "sleeper" factor.  In case you didn't know what I meant by that, this post is for you.  Somehow the idea came about that if a car is fast, it has to look fast. Some cars look that way by design, with their sleek shapes and low profiles. Some are forced to look that way with big wheels, ground effects and a huge spoiler on the back. The problem is they look that way to command attention so that people can see just how fast they are. So, when someone sees a Corvette they aren't too surprised to see that it is...

  • Dario Franchitti
    Momentum For Dario Franchitti In Sonoma

    Fresh off his victory two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 2007 and 2009 IndyCar Series champion--and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, including this year--Dario Franchitti still doesn't think that win, or his test at this track last week are indicative of how the rest of the weekend will...

  • Formula One Experience In New York
    Formula One Racing In New York

    The hairpin turns. The wind in your hair. The jumpsuit with your sponsors’ logos on it. Yes, you had a pretty good time on your road trip this weekend. And now that it’s Monday, it’s time to plan your next jaunt. We’re thinking something faster, bigger and... European-er. Welcome to...

  • 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD
    2010 Acura TL Review

    Although some drivers seem to think the front of the Acura TL looks a little strange, it hasn't prevented numerous sales of the vehicle. The grille has a lot to do with the first impression of the TL, which is being compared to a goofy grin. With the trunk coming to a point in the back it makes...

  • Teen driving
    Your Phone Can Be Your Friend

    After my insane rant about how everyone else in the world needs to put down their phones on the road, I realized it really isn't that easy.  Thankfully, like a good neighbor, State Farm came up with an app to help people out with their insatiable appetite for attention behind the wheel. The idea...

  • Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
    How Dangerous Is Texting And Driving?

    The shameful thing about using cellphones while driving is Generation Y is most guilty for it. We grew up with cellphones around us constantly, and some of us started texting in High School. And now some of us are either so stupid, or addicted, that they have to send a text message while they are...

  • 1989 Ford Taurus SHO

    Ah yes, the quintessential sleeper. The original Ford Taurus SHO. One great way to have fun with several passengers is with a so-called "super saloon." BMW has always done it best with the M5, but examples of those from the early nineties are just getting more and more expensive. Mercedes-Benz did the 190E with the Cosworth engine, but that wasn't blisteringly quick. Besides, all these German cars are notorious for being money pits once everything breaks. In the end of the eighties, Ford decided they would provide the world with an alternative. This car was that alternative. They had Yamaha...

  • Suzuki Kizashi at Bonneville
    Bonneville-Suzuki Beats Record, An Enzo Reborn For Event

     August has plenty going on in the car world, Just as the events in Monterey end, one of the premier automotive events in the World is still going on—Bonneville Speed Week. Plenty of people around the world come to the salt-flats of Utah to break some Southern California Timing Association...

  • McLaren MP4-12C
    Plenty Of Unveilings At Monterey Last Weekend

     The week of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Monterey Historic Races are a time for remembering the past. People get to see long-dead marques on a golf course or witness brave owners blasting their classic exotics around Laguna Seca. But with all the money flying around the events...

  • 2008 Maserati GranTurismo
    Mel Gibson Crashes A Car And We're Supposed To Care?

    Mel Gibson crashes a Maserati on Malibu Canyon Road at 8:30 p.m. on a Sunday night and the world stops?

  • Porsche 918 Spyder Concept live in Geneva. Photos © United Pictures, Int'l.
    Porsche 918 Spyder Makes Moving Debut At Monterey

     Sometimes a company will make a concept car that is just a mock-up that doesn’t run. Other times the concept will move under its own power, but only to move from the truck to stage; not a road-worthy vehicle. But when a concept is really special, or the company sees real production potential...

  • 2001 BMW M5
    Used Car Market: 2000-2003 BMW M5

     The last M5 was a performance tour-de-force, coming with a V-10 producing 500 horsepower, an available seven-speed single clutch automatic gearbox, and plenty of road holding to create one of the fastest production sedans in the world.  Despite the amazing abilities, most people feel that it was...

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